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City traps skunks, seniors protest buses, council creates zoning bylaw, RDCK thanks Nelson, blogger castigates council: Nelson city council September 30, 2013

City traps skunks, seniors protest buses, council creates zoning bylaw, RDCK thanks Nelson, blogger castigates council: Nelson

Before its Committee of the Whole meeting on September 30, city council held a special meeting to deal with its new land use bylaw.

The city is developing two new bylaws—the  Zoning Bylaw and the Off-street Parking and Landscape Bylaw, both in draft form now—to replace its outdated Land Use Regulation Bylaw.

The proposed bylaws will regulate land use through such things as permitted uses, density, siting and size of buildings, and off-street parking.

Residents step up to tell CBT their priorities

Residents step up to tell CBT their priorities

You logged on, you thought, you prioritized. Now Basin residents can visit CBT’s Thoughtstream websiteto see results from our online engagement pilot project.

Close to 1,400 residents participated in CBT’s Thoughtstream and answered six questions about economic, social and environmental well-being. Over 10,000 thoughts were generated and grouped under main ideas. Participants then assigned stars to those ideas, identifying over 1,800 priorities in total.

LETTER: Councillor defends Pride attendance

LETTER: Councillor defends Pride attendance

Editor's Note: This letter is in response to a missive sent to the Castlegar News by a local resident, in which the resident condemns three city councillors for their attendance representing Castlegar at Nelson's Gay Pride event last summer:

Dear Mr. Kemperman,

Nelson receives climate change research grant from European institute

Nelson receives climate change research grant from European institute

The City of Nelson will be partnering with a major European climate change research institute and receiving money from it to conduct research here.

A $23,000 grant from the Austrian institute known as alpS, based at the University of Innsbruck, will contribute to research in Nelson on how to deal with increased run-off into the downtown during major rainstorms. AlpS specializes in the effects of climate change in mountain communities.

COMMENT: Foreign affairs progress report 2

COMMENT: Foreign affairs progress report 2

As I mentioned in Part I of the Foreign Affairs Progress Report, the federal NDP is committed to earning back Canada’s respect on the world stage.  We have seen how the Conservatives, since their election in 2006 have gradually been withdrawing from our international responsibilities.  For example, the Harper government has pulled out of a UN Convention that fights droughts in Africa and elsewhere.  This puts Canada the only country in the world, outside of the agreement.  (In 1994, Canada signed the Convention and in 1995, ratified it).  Every UN nation &ndas

City to sell Esplanade lands for downtown development

City to sell Esplanade lands for downtown development

Trail City Council is pleased to offer two key properties on Esplanade Avenue fronting the Columbia River for development purposes. The city is seeking proposals from developers to purchase and develop the properties in the heart of Trail’s downtown with preference as a mixed-use project, combining residential and commercial uses.

Changes in the works for traffic flow in key Nelson intersections

Changes in the works for traffic flow in key Nelson intersections

Later this week a consultant from Kelowna will spent four days counting traffic at four key Nelson intersections and then recommending changes in traffic flow in the east end of the downtown.

The impetus for this comes from the recent consultant recommendations from the MMM Group Ltd. for changes to Hall Street.

Nelson Commons is popular with homebuyers

Nelson Commons is popular with homebuyers

Since its display suite on Vernon St. opened in August, 41 people have so far formally expressed interest in purchasing units in the Kootenay Co-op’s proposed housing development.

Those people have not yet made offers to purchase, though, because Nelson Commons needs to clear some hurdles at city hall first.

Province offers raise but no new funding - strike aversion may mean program cuts

Province offers raise but no new funding - strike aversion may mean program cuts

A deal ratified this afternoon by CUPE and the province is a mixed blessing bringing both good news and bad, according to president of CUPE Local 1285 Cherryl MacLeod, who represented both the East and West Kootenays at the bargaining table.

In an interview from Vancouver, MacLeod told The Source that she's delighted there won't be a strike, but is now concerned about how some already-strapped school districts are going to pay for the province's promises.

NDP leader Adrian Dix issues statement regarding his resignation/next steps

Dix addressing the 2012 UBCM attendees.

NDP leader Adrian Dix made the following announcement of his future plans on the BC BDP caucus website:

“Since our defeat in the election on May 14, I have reflected both on my future as Leader of the B.C. NDP and on the future of our party.

“In doing so, I have tried to put the long-term success of the B.C. NDP ahead of any personal ambitions.  

“I have always believed very strongly that politics is not about politicians or leaders themselves, but about the people we represent and the change we hope to bring to British Columbia.

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